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We need to talk about death!

We need to talk about death!

I wrote a blog piece for Fundraising Ireland on legacy fundraising called “We need to talk about death!”.  Follow the link to their site and have a read.


The Tooth Fairy saves elephants

This lovely campaign by Care for the Wild International asks children to get the Tooth Fairy to use their tooth money to protect elephants from poachers instead of leaving it under their pillow. I remember when I was small, the excitement came from the idea of the tooth fairy coming, not the amount of money you would receive so I think building a lesson of charity into the experience is great for children.

The digital element is excellent. When you go to the website you can watch the video (above) which will guide you through the process. The Tooth Fairy asks you to fill in your name and your favourite thing which will then be printed on a certificate to print out and keep once you have completed the donation.




My favourite thing is my iPad of course…

Give it a try, its a nice experience.


Awaken by Amazon



Charity: Water – September Campaign

Charity: Water know how to make great videos that give you goosebumps and inspire you to do good. This is their latest video and it most definitely hits the mark.


The Girl Effect – An old one but a great one.

Last night the inspirational Malala Yousafzai received the Tipperary peace prize for the courage and determination she has shown in her short lifetime.  Last year Malala (16) was shot in the head by the Taliban as she returned from school. Her crime? She was promoting the importance of education for girls.

Giving girls access to education in the developing world is crucial to the success of future generations. To give you an idea of just how important it is:

  1. Children of literate women have a 50% greater chance to survive past 5 years of age
  2. For each additional year girls go to school they receive 10-20% higher wages
  3. For each additional 1% of girls with secondary education per capita income growth increases by 0.3%
  4. Literate women tend to have literate children

Malala is just one girl but she represents the dreams and aspirations of girls all around the world who can’t exercise their right to receive an education.  You can tell that this is just the beginning for her, she will bring about great change as she gets older.  If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

“The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.”

– Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

This is one of my all time favorite humanitarian videos.  It’s from way back in 2008.


Immatürity for Charity

“A lowbrow comedy fundraiser.”

There are some familiar faces in this.  It will make you cringe, but it is funny in a David Brent  kind of way. It reminds me of when a Christian Brother gave us a sex-ed class in Secondary School, although his was more anatomically correct.

I’d put your headphones in for this one…

Jennifer Magee writes:

“Some of the best actors and film crew in Ireland have come together for a number of online comedy sketches in aid of St Francis Hospice, Raheny [Dublin]. Immatürity for Charity features Domhnall Gleeson, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Huberman, Robert Sheehan, Hugh O’Conor, Brian Gleeson, David Wilmot and many more.

Their mission: to embarrass themselves with pride and embrace their immature side in comedy sketches that aim to raise money and awareness for the hospice.”

You can donate or just look at more sketches here.


A ballsy fundraising campaign

Oh there are so many puns I could use in this post but I’m afraid I might make a balls out of it so I will refrain.

Oh wait…

SkyBalls is the brainchild (not a pun) of “Male Cancer Awareness Campaign” and Chris O’Dowd. The idea is that if they raise £100,000 they will have a Hot Air Balloon made in the shape of a pair of testicles which will raise awareness of testicular cancer.

Here is my copy and paste of 5 reasons we need SkyBalls (which I can’t help but sing to the tune of Adele’s Skyfall every time I read it – you’re welcome):

1. The death of young men to testicular cancer can be prevented.

2. Ignorance & embarrassment are just two reasons this cancer causes any more trouble than it needs to. The way we can stop this is through awareness & confrontation.

3. A massive flying ball-sack will be impossible to ignore. And hopefully chip away at the taboos still surrounding this nasty little cancer.

4. Our balloon will also have a lifespan & a cost efficiency that will outperform any other media initiative: It is reusable, easily transported globally and should last us at least 10 years.

5. It’s a massive pair of flying gonads!

I know some people are going to get offended by this but I think its worth it. The stigma attached to testicular cancer in young men needs to be broken down. Testicular cancer is completely curable IF you find it and get treatment early. If you don’t, it will spread up into your spine and then your brain and it becomes a high risk cancer.

In 2011 on my 30th birthday I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I was very lucky that I found it early and I acted on it immediately. On July 20th just gone I celebrated my 2 year cancerversarry – something I would not have been able to do if I hadn’t had the balls (hehe) to go get it checked out.

Women freely discuss breast cancer and breast cancer charities have some of the most loyal and active fundraisers. The breast cancer pink ribbon represents strength, bravery and a network of people who are all fighting the same fight. Brave women like Angelina Jolie who recently had a double mastectomy show that it can touch anyone and that it should be tackled head on. Unfortunately the testicular cancer poster boy was Lance Armstrong who few can look up to now.

I’ve donated £10 to this campaign and I will be getting a “SkyBalls” mug in the post. I’d urge you to support it too. Its controversial but it will save young mens lives. While not as common as other cancers it is on the rise. Break down the barriers, get lads talking and save lives.

You can donate here. I hope you will be singing SkyBalls for the day.